Champions Quarry.
Champions Quarry.

Lismore Mayor in move to defer Tucki quarry vote

A DECISION on the controversial Champions Quarry may be deferred, with Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell proposing an extraordinary meeting late this month to resolve the issue.

The council was due to vote on the application to expand the Tucki quarry at its regular meeting next week. However, after a workshop on the issue on Tuesday night, the mayor decided to put her own motion at next week’s meeting calling for a deferment until February 28.

“The quarry has generated significant interest in the community, particularly for those residents surrounding the development site,” she said.

The extension will increase extractions from the quarry to 200,000 tonnes a year from 29,000m3, with truck movements jumping by about 50 a day.

Under Cr Dowell’s proposal, an extraordinary meeting will be held on February 18, with the applicant and opponents giving a 15-minute presentation to councillors.

Cr Dowell said both the proponents and opponents, Tucki Community Against the Mega Quarry, have informed her they would not object to the deferment.

The council will decide on Tuesday whether to agree on the deferment or vote on the proposal.
Council staff recommend the proposal be approved, arguing it does not conflict with any zoning or development guidelines.

However, Tucki Community Against Mega Quarry chairwoman Donna Griffiths said the workshop did not alleviate concerns.

“Council staff are placing too much weight on reports and modelling that have proven to be flawed,” she said.

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